On the Sixth Day of Christmas my True love sent to me
Six Geese a-Laying
So what does the six geese a-laying mean?
Christmas is midwinter feast filled with food and delicacies such as almonds and chocolates. Animals are prevalent in the carol – The Twelve days of Christmas, we have a partridge, turtle doves, calling birds, French hens, geese, and swans.
A couple of years ago there was a virtual message that the song had a hidden meaning and the animals in the carol do not refer to the food that they might provide us with or end up as.
It was suggested that the six geese a-laying refers to the six days of creation.
The historical evidence for this suggestion may be limited but it can provide inspiration was ideas, which is the main purpose with using this carol in this thinking challenge.
The creation of land and animal can be contrasted with the amount of food we eat during the festive season. Here we can rethink the way we shop and prepare food.
But we can also shift the perspective and look at the Festive Season from an animal’s perspective.
What does the birds in your neighbourhood need?
Can you create a new tradition where you include animals into the celebrations? For example, and Annual Christmas Day Bird Count. You can then compare the number of birds than you spot each year. Can you create a app that is used is year to count different types on animals during the Festive season? Or can you . . .